Cline Avenue Toll Bridge Update
August 22, 2014 — East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland told the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission board on Thursday that he is confident that the company that is rebuilding the Cline Avenue bridge will stay on-schedule.
Copeland says a toll bridge design is due at INDOT headquarters in Indianapolis for final approval next week. Bids will be sought after that and a specific project timeline should be announced by the middle of next month. Once permits are secured, it will likely take 24 to 30 months for construction. The project was supposed to begin earlier this year.
Copeland also said that FIGG Engineering Group president-CEO Linda Figg told him that the private financing is lined up for the bridge, estimated to cost $150 million. Plans call for cars to pay between2-dollars, 25-cents and 3-dollars, 25-cents to use the new Cline Avenue bridge.
INDOT closed the bridge near ArcelorMittal Steel in 2009 after engineering inspectors found it badly deteriorated. It was demolished in 2011.
[Photo — I-80-94 at Cline Avenue, shortly after bridge closing — courtesy insideindianabusiness.com]